Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Zurbarán’s Jacob and his twelve sons: paintings from Auckland Castle

Francisco de Zurbarán’s works from left: Jacob, Asher, Benjamin and Dan.AUCKLAND CASTLE TRUST/ZURBARÁN TRUST (4)
Francisco de Zurbarán helped to define Seville’s Golden Age, a period of economic expansion and cultural resurgence in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, when the Andalusian seaport monopolized trade with the New World. Between 1640 and 1645, Zurbarán and his assistants produced the remarkable series Jacob and His Twelve Sons, which is on view at The Frick Collection through the spring of 2018. Co-organized by the Frick with the Meadows Museum in Dallas and Auckland Castle, County Durham, England, the exhibition was first seen in Dallas last fall. Twelve of the paintings are lent by Auckland Castle. [More]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Starting an interfaith dialogue by collecting religious art

INDIANAPOLIS, IN---A week ago, on Epiphany Day a Christmas tree stood in the spot where Greg Disney-Britton was photographed in his downtown Indianapolis home. He is flanked on his right by Tom Torluemke's "Let Freedom Ring, The Wedding Bells" (2011) and to his left by Anila Quayyum Agha's "Moon Beam For My Love 1" (2016). It is representative of a  recurring theme in the Disney-Britton collection. It is an ongoing dialogue between Christian art and the art of other faiths including Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Jewish.

Exhibit, book explore religious works of Michelangelo, daVinci

By Rev. Alexander Santora
"John the Baptist" by Leonardo daVinci appears in the 2017 book "Leonardo daVinci" by Walter Isaacson.
Sixteenth-century Florence, Italy, produced two of the greatest artists in history -- Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, both of whom infused religious art with new techniques and insights that are still being studied and appreciated today. As a Holy Rosary grammar school boy, I was one of the 27 million visitors to the 1964-65 World's Fair in Queens, and the one image that remains with me is Michelangelo's Pieta. It was nowhere to be found, though, at the spectacular exhibit, "Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer," at the Metropolitan Museum until Feb. 12. Religious themes and figures also preoccupied Leonardo da Vinci, who lived around the same time -- April 15, 1452, to May 2, 1519 -- though he was younger when he died. "Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster; 2017; $35. [More]

Monday, January 15, 2018

Building the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

By Megan Gambino
“People who knew Dr. King personally, all of them look at it [the memorial] and say, ‘That’s him,’” says Lisa Anders, senior project manager. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In early August 2011, as the finishing touches are being made to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Deryl McKissack waits in a trailer on the premises. The concept for the memorial is actually rooted in a line from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” The main entrance starts out wide and gradually funnels through a 12-foot wide opening in a “Mountain of Despair,” carved from sand-colored granite. Then, through the Mountain of Despair, closer to the Tidal Basin, is a 30-foot-tall “Stone of Hope,” made to appear as if it was pulled from the mountain. Lei Yixin’s sculpture of King emerges from the side of the stone facing the water.